Medications with anticholinergic properties given to help reduce physical and mental health symptoms associated with schizophrenia have a cumulative effect in reducing cognitive function in patients.
Anticholinergic medications, commonly used for conditions including allergies, high blood pressure, Parkinson's disease, and motion sickness, have been linked to an increased risk of cognitive decline and memory problems, especially in those with genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.
Anticholinergic drugs, commonly prescribed to treat a range of disorders, from Parkinson's disease to bladder conditions, may increase dementia risks. The increased risk was linked to anticholinergic antidepressants, antipsychotics, bladder control, epilepsy and Parkinson's disease medications. There were no increased risks associated with other types of anticholinergics, such as gastrointestinal drugs or antihistamines.
Researchers have identified a link between anticholinergic medications, including antidepressants and incontinence drugs, and an increased risk of developing dementia later in life.
According to researchers, medications used to treat common conditions from bladder dysfunction to depression and insomnia, can delay recovery for patients with brain injuries.
A new study reports Parkinson's patients who take anticholinergic medications show no significant decline in cognitive performance from those who do not take the medications.